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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: MARCH 19, 2017

The E-Sylum (3/19/2017)


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Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

American Legion School Award Medal

American Legion School Award Medal reverse American Legion School Award Medal reverse

Since we've discussed American Legion School Award medals before, this one caught my eye when I saw it this week. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
American Legion School Award, Bronze Coin or Medal (https://bid.deyoungauctions.com/lots/view/1-86GBJ/american-legion-school-award-bronze-coin-or-medal)

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
THE AMERICAN LEGION SCHOOL AWARDS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n06a26.html)
THE 1950 AMERICAN LEGION SCHOOL AWARD MEDAL (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v19n51a11.html)

U.S. Mint Bicentennial Bronze Medal

U.S. Mint Bicentennial medal obverse U.S. Mint Bicentennial medal reverse

Description: United States Mint Bicentennial Bronze Medal 3" (721)

This one was a real team effort - the obverse is credited to Son Miller and Frank Gasparro, and the reverse to Lauren Vaughan and Tom Rogers. Anyway, I thought it was appropriate given the imminent publication of the new book 1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage (stay tuned for more information!)! -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 30X: United States Mint Bicentennial Bronze Medal 3" (www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/united-states-mint-bicentennial-bronze-medal-3-30x-c-39b47ee861)

Bar Mitzvah Gold Medal

Bar Mitvah gold medal obverse Bar Mitvah gold medal reverse

Bar Mitzvah - Three Gold Medals Set.
Including:
Gold medal, 27mm, 15gr.
Gold medal, 22mm, 8gr.
Gold medal, 19mm, 5gr.

Gold 750.
Total 28gr.
Original fitted case with a vacant cartouche.

I don't think I've come across a bar mitzvah medal before. Are these common gifts? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 175: Bar Mitzvah - Three Gold Medals Set. (www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-34E43B8A56)

Loubat's Medallic History of the U.S.

Loubat's Medallic History of the U.S. Loubat's Medallic History of the U.S. title page

1880-Dated, Folio Size Book, “The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876” by J.F. Loubat with 170 Engravings by Jules Jacquemart, 2 Volumes, About Very Fine.

This is the original, folio size, Deluxe Edition of Loubat’s work on early United States Medals. Each volume measures 14.5” x 10.5” and is printed on paper specially prepared in France for this work. The text volume, containing 478 pages, plus a 69 page introduction, was privately printed in New York, while the plate volume, containing 16 pages plus 86 full page plates -- each illustrating only one medal -- was printed in France. This work was copyrighted in 1878, but the printed date on the title page is 1880.

Loubat chose 86 American medals which he considered the most significant, and devoted this work to those medals, not only describing them, but also publishing documents related to the medals. Among the medals shown is the 1792 oval George Washington Indian Peace Medal; the Daniel Morgan Battle of Cowpens Medal; the Anthony Wayne Stony Point Medal; and the 1776 George Washington “Boston Retaken” Medal. This was one of the pioneering works in American numismatics, and original copies are rare today.

This set is ex-library, with the usual library markings, and has a library rebinding using the original dark orange covers, which contain the title in gold lettering, and are well worn along the edges and corners. The contents, however, are in excellent condition, and thanks to the special paper, are not foxed. A fabulous piece of American numismatic publishing. (2 books).

A classic work on American numismatics. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
“Medallic History of the United States” by Loubat (www.earlyamerican.com/Auctions/ClientPages/lots.item.php?auction=95&lot=275)

Banco Central de Guatemala Specimen Note

Banco Central de Guatemala banknote

WORLD BANKNOTES, Guatemala, Banco Central, One Hundred Quetzales, 7 July 1926, A 000000, De la Rue stamp at lower right, specimen stamp at lower left (Pick 10s).

A rare specimen note, with serial number A000000. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
WORLD BANKNOTES, Guatemala, Banco Central, One Hundred Quetzales, (www.dnw.co.uk/auctions/catalogue/lot.php?auction_id=456&lot_id=539&)

Northern Ireland Belfast Banking Co Twenty Pounds

Northern Ireland Belfast Banking Co Twenty Pounds banknote

BRITISH BANKNOTES, Belfast Banking Co Ltd: Northern Ireland, Twenty Pounds, 3 February 1943, E 4058, signature of A. Wales (BB 79; Pick 129c)

Maybe it was the color of the denomination that stood out for me here. Scarce WWI note. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
BRITISH BANKNOTES, Belfast Banking Co Ltd: Northern Ireland, Twenty Pounds, (www.dnw.co.uk/auctions/catalogue/lot.php?auction_id=456&lot_id=187)

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